Chiropractic and Headache/Migraine
The causes of headaches are variable and can sometimes be the result of a combination of several triggers. To address each of the triggers can be difficult and results may vary.
However, research shows that spinal manipulation – the primary form of care provided by doctors of chiropractic – may be an effective treatment option for tension headaches and headaches that originate in the neck.
In a report released in 2001 by the Duke University Evidence-Based Practice Center in Durham, NC, researchers found that spinal manipulation resulted in almost immediate improvement for headaches that originate in the neck, and had significantly fewer side effects and longer-lasting relief of tension-type headache than a commonly prescribed medication.
Also, a 1995 study in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found that spinal manipulative therapy is an effective treatment for tension headaches, and that those who ceased chiropractic treatment after four weeks experienced a sustained therapeutic benefit in contrast with those patients who received a commonly prescribed medication.
Your doctor of chiropractic may do one or more of the following if you suffer from a form of primary headache:
• Perform spinal manipulation or chiropractic adjustments to improve spinal function and alleviate the stress on your system.
• Provide nutritional advice, recommending a change in diet and perhaps the addition of B-complex vitamins.
• Offer advice on posture, ergonomics (work posture), exercises, and relaxation techniques. This advice should help to relieve the recurring joint irritation and tension in the muscles of the neck and upper back.
Ps. Gerald Khoo
[I experienced] headaches on a weekly basis as I worked a lot on the computer, and I would get frequent neck/shoulder aches … After two weeks, I began to experience headaches less frequently and less severely. Dr. Daniel not only helped to adjust my neck and spine, but he also taught me muscle-strengthening exercises, sitting postures, and other lifestyle changes. I was pleasantly surprised at the effects after two short weeks and I am glad that I am getting better.